Pearl Jam celebrates 20 years of grungy rock ’n’ roll 

Thought Eddie Vedder would be completely spent and desperate for some R & R after his current ukulele solo tour?

Think again.

This year will be busy for veteran Seattle grungemeisters Pearl Jam, who are actually celebrating their 20th anniversary in appropriately grand fashion.

They’ve already reissued expanded, remastered editions of early classics “Vs.” and “Vitalogy” — a good start to the ongoing celebration. But over Labor Day, Sept. 3 and 4, at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, Wis., they’ll be hosting their very own PJ20 festival, backed by impressive outfits like The Strokes, Queens of the Stone Age and their old compatriots Mudhoney. 

It gets better.

Cameron Crowe will debut his exhaustive documentary on the group, who he first worked with on his old grunge-era drama “Singles.”

Naturally, it’s titled “Pearl Jam Twenty,” and culled from over 1,200 hours of rare footage, plus a day’s worth of brand-new bandmember interviews. Coinciding with the movie’s release: A soundtrack and coffee-table book of the same name. Believe it or not, there’s even a new Pearl Jam of Vans skate shoes, to complete the PJ20 effect.

Tickets for the festival — and its ensuing ten-date Canadian tour — can be found at, and $2 from each ducat will go to the band’s Vitalogy Fund, which funnels money to select nonprofits the group has personally chosen.

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